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School of Public Policy and Leadership News

The School of Public Policy and Leadership employs an interdisciplinary approach to create knowledge and understanding to support effective policy and governance through collaborations of faculty, students, and the greater community.

Current Public Policy and Leadership News

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Campus News | September 15, 2020

Educational series explores issues on race and seeks solutions for a more inclusive society.

People | July 23, 2020

This financial aid counselor is working on a master's degree in public administration to help further her UNLV career.

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Campus News | July 14, 2020

Urban Affairs’ Advising Center Crafts Remote Infrastructure in Response to Pandemic

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Campus News | May 19, 2020

As daily life around the country came to a sudden halt in March, UNLV rapidly reconfigured the rhythms of its day-to-day operations and lent its considerable expertise to fighting the virus in Nevada.

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People | May 15, 2020

Eight UNLV Students Honored With 2020 Lance and Elena Calvert Awards For Undergraduate Research across a wide spectrum of research topics.

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Campus News | May 14, 2020

Master's student Kylies Fung encourages fellow grads to reflect on how far they've come during their time at UNLV.

Public Policy and Leadership In The News

Las Vegas Sun
September 6, 2020

Redlining was a government-sanctioned discriminatory policy that designated most urban minority-majority neighborhoods as places banks should not offer home mortgages. The term originates in color maps developed in the late 1930s by Homer Hoyt, an economist with the Federal Housing Administration, to direct mortgage loans made by the Home Owner’s Loan Corp. Redlining refers to the map’s color-coded neighborhood types: red zones indicated high-risk investments; yellow zones medium risk; and green zones low risk.

Las Vegas Review Journal
June 10, 2020

Terri Janison does not know whether her nonprofit can still hold its annual gala at the newly built Allegiant Stadium this fall.

El Tiempo
June 10, 2020

Terri Janison does not know if her nonprofit organization will be able to continue hosting their annual gala at the newly built Allegiant Stadium this fall.

Las Vegas Review Journal
June 10, 2020

Terri Janison does not know whether her nonprofit can still hold its annual gala at the newly built Allegiant Stadium this fall.

KNPR News
May 19, 2020

So far, Nevada's response to COVID-19 seems to be working. Governor Steve Sisolak issued his emergency order to close nonessential businesses back in March. He says it helped slow the pandemic down.

Las Vegas Sun
April 23, 2020

On Treasure Island’s casino floor, which has transformed from a jumble of noises and flashing lights into a place of stillness and calm, two chairs are missing from a bank of slot machines that once seated four. In the table games section of the casino, shuttered since mid-March when casinos were ordered closed amid the COVID-19 outbreak, there are just three seats for players at a blackjack table instead of the normal six.

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Recent Public Policy and Leadership Accomplishments

September 9, 2020
Robert Lang (The Lincy Institute and Brookings Mountain West), David Damore (Political Science), and Karen Danielsen (School of Public Policy and Leadership) recently had a guest column featured in the Las Vegas Sun. Their piece "Bluelining and its Consequences: Nevada Edition," discusses the demographic, economic, geographic, and political...
July 14, 2020
Elia Del Carmen Solano-Patricio (Public Policy and Leadership and Honors), along with Yanneli Llamas, '20 BA Criminal Justice and English, are recipients of the highly competitive and prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, awarded by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. This scholarship...
June 18, 2020
Jesse Barnes (Public Policy & Leadership) and Michael Nicholl (Geoscience) recently had their article "Mildly hydrophobic biobased mulch: A sustainable approach to controlling bare soil evaporation" published in Vadose Zone Journal. This article was adapted from Barnes's thesis project from his master's degree in UNLV's water resources...
May 29, 2020
Anjala Krishen (Marketing and International Business), Han-fen Hu (Management, Entrepreneurship, and Technology), and Jesse Barnes (Public Policy and Leadership) recently won the runner-up position for the Best Conference Paper at the 2020 American Marketing Association's Marketing and Public Policy Conference for their extended abstract titled "...
May 14, 2020
Vicky Albert (Social Work) and Jaewon Lim (Public Policy and Leadership) recently published an article in the Sustainability Journal. In their article "Spatial Analyses of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families: Its Responsiveness to Labor Market Performance and Policies during the 2008 Recession," they developed a responsiveness index which...
April 7, 2020
Jin Ouk Choi, Saba Nikkhah Manesh, Binit K. Shrestha, and Pramen Shrestha (all Civil and Environmental Engineering and Construction) and Jaewon Lim (Public Policy and Leadership) published a journal paper, "Spatial Analysis of the Gender Wage Gap in Architecture, Civil Engineering, and Construction Occupations in the United States" in the Journal...